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#51 Starman81

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Posted 17 May 2019 - 12:13 PM

35 Panoptic

22T4 Nagler (w/DioptRx)

ES92 17mm*

14 Delos

13 Ethos (w/DioptRx)

8 Delos

6 Delos

4.5 Delos

3.5 Delos

Baader Hyperion Zoom w/ BHZ 2.25x barlow*

 

... grin.gif  Okay, so it seems like I didn't even try but I really did and I could only get it down to 10. 

 

*I may seem like a TeleVue junkie (and I am) but the two most used eyepieces the last couple of years were the Baader Hyperion Zoom w/ BHZ 2.25x barlow (for the march of the planets across the sky last year) and the ES92 17mm (for its unparalleled immersiveness for eyeglass wearers). 


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Posted 17 May 2019 - 12:17 PM

I only own 3 eyepieces (no one forced me to, but I like having a "minimalistic" approach yo my astro-hobby. Not so much to my astro-job...)

 

1) Nagler 22T4

2) Nagler 11T6 (it is being substituted by a XW 10 that is on the way)

3) Tak TOE 4mm (it literally arrived this morning, it is substituting a 4mm Delite)


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#53 gezak22

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Posted 17 May 2019 - 02:11 PM

I've already reached my minimalist eyepiece zen.

24 mm Pan (pair)

16 mm ES 68 (pair)

10 mm Delos (pair)

10 mm APM UFF (pair)

Mod 3 C (not a pair, I'm not that rich).


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Posted 19 May 2019 - 08:34 PM

31t5
17es92
12es92
8 Delos
6 Delos
4.5 Delos
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Posted 19 May 2019 - 10:41 PM

If it was just 5 I'd go for these, which I already have:

 

31mm Nagler

21mm Ethos

13mm Ethos

8mm Ethos

6mm Ethos

 

Of those, I don't use the 31mm Nagler that much so I guess I could make do with just the 4 Ethos's.

 

I like that lineup! I would only tweak it slightly for my choices.

 

 
21mm Ethos

17mm Ethos

13mm Ethos
8mm Ethos
6mm Ethos

 

 

The 21E vignettes in my "Forever" C102. The 17E would give me the maximum FOV for that scope.



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Posted 25 May 2019 - 04:35 PM

Dunno, but these would be contenders ~

 

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Posted 26 May 2019 - 08:55 AM

Thinking about this, if I was limited to only 5. 

I'd drop the ES 30/82. Due to the large exit pupil for my old eyes on my 12" intelliscope, and ST-120.

Here's the 5

1. 26T5 Nagler

2. 22T4 Nagler

3. 17T4 Nagler

4. 12T4 Nagler

5.  9T6 Nagler

If I could have 6, it's a tossup between the ES 30/82, or the ES 6.7/82.

I don't use the 6.7 often, unless there's pristine skies.


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Posted 26 May 2019 - 11:52 AM

Baader Aspheric 31mm (w/ Dioptrx)

Delos 17.3mm (w/ Dioptrx)
Delos 10mm (w/ Dioptrx)

Delos 6mm

Delos 3.5mm (or DeLite 4mm or Nagler Zoom 3-6mm)

 

plus one Zoom for Solar


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Posted 26 May 2019 - 01:14 PM

For me it is not a hard decision, I only have 4 eyepieces that combine perfectly in my two scopes.

 

Ethos 21

    ''    13

    ''     8

    ''    4.7


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Posted 26 May 2019 - 11:56 PM

I use only four eyepieces with two refractors with the same focal length (600mm). 

 

Celestron C80ED + WO 2" prism - i use it for terrestrial, observing the Moon with

  • Baader Hyperion Zoom 8-24 mm 2"

 

Sky-Watcher 102/600mm achromat + GSO mirror 2":

  • Sky-Watcher PanaView 32mm 70° 2" (which gives 3.73° FOV, but has visible aberrations on 30% at corners, still most useful) 
  • Celestron Omni 12mm 52° (very comfortable viewing in rich field refractor, optimal exit pupil 2mm) 
  • Celestron X-Cel 7mm 60° (not satisfied so much, BHZ at 8mm is better) 

 

TS-Optics XWA 9mm 100° and Vixen LVW 3.5 mm 65° (yes, too short fl, but it was too cheap) will arrive soon. I've bought recently Orion EON 120ED, so have to reconfigure my eyepiece set. I'd like to own very good wide field eyepiece 15-20mm for DSO work (ideally, Nagler T4 17mm?). Maybe in the future i will own 40-42 mm to reach 2.9° FOV in EON with relatively sharp corners. If LVW 3.5mm would be too extreme, I could change it with 5mm 110°, and use 3.5 mm in Celestron C80ED. 


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Posted 27 May 2019 - 01:06 AM

I use only four eyepieces with two refractors with the same focal length (600mm).

Celestron C80ED + WO 2" prism - i use it for terrestrial, observing the Moon with

  • Baader Hyperion Zoom 8-24 mm 2"

Sky-Watcher 102/600mm achromat + GSO mirror 2":
  • Sky-Watcher PanaView 32mm 70° 2" (which gives 3.73° FOV, but has visible aberrations on 30% at corners, still most useful)
  • Celestron Omni 12mm 52° (very comfortable viewing in rich field refractor, optimal exit pupil 2mm)
  • Celestron X-Cel 7mm 60° (not satisfied so much, BHZ at 8mm is better)

TS-Optics XWA 9mm 100° and Vixen LVW 3.5 mm 82° (yes, too short, but it was too cheap) will arrive soon. I've bought recently Orion EON 120ED, so have to reconfigure my eyepiece set. I'd like to own very good wide field eyepiece 15-20mm for DSO work (ideally, Nagler T4 17mm?). Maybe in the future i will own 40-42 mm to reach 2.9° FOV in EON with relatively sharp corners. If LVW 3.5mm would be too extreme, I could change it with 5mm 110°, and use 3.5 mm in Celestron C80ED.

I can see why you would want the T4 17mm. My favorite with the 120ED is my ES82 18mm. I hardly go lower(but observe from the city)
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Posted 27 May 2019 - 01:42 AM

I can see why you would want the T4 17mm. My favorite with the 120ED is my ES82 18mm. I hardly go lower(but observe from the city)

I work under dark skies. tongue2.gif  I observed through some ES82 eyepieces at astro field meetings: the best quality of views, but too short real eye relief, it was not comfortable to observe. TS SWA 100° Ultra-Series 15 mm 2" has the same FOV, as ES 18mm 82deg. I will also consider APM/Lunt XWA 20 mm 100°, even more FOV, but less magnificaton. Celestron Luminos 15 mm 82 deg is the cheapest option for DSO, but i have doubts (and it is not 2"). If I could buy second hand Nagler 17mm for $200-250...bow.gif

Excuse me for off-topic.smile.gif

 

PS. However, I see in Europe ES is pretty cheap https://www.teleskop...ater-proof.html


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Posted 27 May 2019 - 03:54 AM

Delos 17.3, 10, 6

Nagler 22, 31

Yep, my list would end up looking a lot like this given a bit more time and money. Currently:

 

Antares 40mm Erfle

Nagler 22T4

Delos 12

Morpheus 9 (en route)

Radian 5

 

The short FL end might end up getting more Pentax-y over time, not sure.


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Posted 27 May 2019 - 01:01 PM

Who needs 5 eyepieces?

 

1) APM 100° 20mm

2) APM 100° 13mm

3) BHZ


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Posted 27 May 2019 - 06:57 PM

5 EPs in my manual 15" f/4.5 (with P2, PM2x):
N31T5, 17E, 10E, 8E, 6E.

If i had to pick just 3 (+P2):
17E, 10E, 6E.

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Posted 27 May 2019 - 07:11 PM

I currently own about 25 premium eyepieces and I won't be selling any of those, or buying any more.  What I have will adequately cover me for the next 15 or 20 years that I might be able to observe.

 

If I was starting from scratch I could happily live with 6 eyepieces only which would cover all the needs in my 3 Newtonians ranging from 10" to 18".   These would be used with a Paracorr II.

 

Glasses or no glasses wouldn't be a factor as all have long eye relief and only 1 Televue eyepiece gains a start. If I had to go without Televue there are decent substitutes for the 31mm Nagler T5.  I don't own the 2 Nikon NAV HW's but if I was starting over they would be the first 2 eyepieces I purchased.

 

31 mm Nagler T5

17mm / 14mm Nikon NAV HW

12.5mm / 10mm Nikon NAV HW

7mm Pentax XW

5mm Pentax XW

3.5mm Pentax XW

 

Cheers


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Posted 27 May 2019 - 07:27 PM

Hmmm ... assuming my TOA150

 

1x ES 17/92  (64x / 1.5 deg)

2x ZOA II 16 (86x / .48 deg with the 1.25x GPC)

2x ZOA II 10 (187x / 0.22 deg with 1.7x GPC)

1x ES 9/120 (122x / 1 deg)

 

I'm lucky enough to have these in my set.


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Posted 29 May 2019 - 04:03 PM

Wish I could be happy with a half dozen or so eyepieces. But with 6 scopes from 3" to 10", and focal lengths from 770mm to 3146mm of 4 different optical designs  plus two very different observing locations I am struggling to get below 80 eyepieces. I probably could get down to 12 per scope, but anything less and I would be unhappy. In fact I need a few more eyepieces for my 770mm scope, a 2.8mm and 3.2mm. I would then be covered from 2.8mm to 60mm in very small steps under 24mm with various afov's at near same magnification for framing objects to my liking, sky conditions etc.

 

Now if we are talking about a single small scope I might get close with my 3" Unitron...

 

TV 24mm WF

Celestron 20mm erfle

Meade RG 15.5 or Celestron 16mm erfle

Meade RG 10.5

Brandon 8mm or Pentax 8mm XP

Meade RG 7mm

Pentax 6mm smc ortho


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Posted 30 May 2019 - 04:16 AM

31 mm Nagler T5

17 mm Ethos

14 mm Delos/ 13 mm Ethos

8 mm Ethos

6 mm Delos


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Posted 30 May 2019 - 06:37 AM

I only own 3 eyepieces (no one forced me to, but I like having a "minimalistic" approach yo my astro-hobby. Not so much to my astro-job...)

 

1) Nagler 22T4

2) Nagler 11T6 (it is being substituted by a XW 10 that is on the way)

3) Tak TOE 4mm (it literally arrived this morning, it is substituting a 4mm Delite)

When you get the chance, I'd be interested in your impressions of the TOE verses Delite.



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Posted 30 May 2019 - 11:11 AM

Only 4?  No problem as long as I had a Barlow too.

 

10 XW

14 XW

20 XW

40 XW

 

2.5x Powermate which gets me 8mm, 5.6mm, and 4mm.


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Posted 30 May 2019 - 08:28 PM

For my LX200 12" f/10 Classic in the light polluted skies north of Phoenix,

 

I want/have 4+:

Meade 56mm Super Plossl

TV 31mm T5

TV 17mm Ethos

TV 10mm Delos

 

The + are two reticle EPs for fine tuning my nightly 2 star alignments.

 

It's a toss-up between the 31 and 17 for most used.


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Posted 31 May 2019 - 07:05 AM

Or ...

 

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Posted 31 May 2019 - 08:54 AM

All I really need are my

21 Ethos

10 Ethos

6 Delos

3.5 WO 100

 

I could sell off the other 5 or 6

I'd maybe keep my baader zoom for a total of 5


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Posted 31 May 2019 - 09:19 AM

A good set of orthos and maybe a nice Erfle.
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